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Posted on 01-17-18 11:34:50 PM Link | Quote
Do you practice any sort of meditation? I've been meaning to get back into it (and just tried to do it for a handful of minutes to mixed success), but in a world that constantly has things needing done, taking time to specifically "do nothing" feels wrong, even worse than procrastinating, where something is getting done.

It's very hard to convince myself that it's still valuable, useful time, even if it is the opposite of being active.
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Posted on 01-18-18 04:36:55 AM Link | Quote
Not meditation exactly, but I have some ways to reduce stress at times. For example, since I live on the side of a hill, if I need to get my mind off of things I can just go around the house and stare at the city below for a few minutes. Since I'm still inside the house (sort of), it's not likely that anyone will end up interrupting me as well.

I can also play a bit of Densha de GO! to distract myself. Sure some stages are difficult, but other stages have mostly nothing happening, or significantly less things that it still ends up being a relaxing experience instead of a boring one.

If I'm having a particularly rough time I may just lay on the couch for a few minutes while I organize my thoughts.
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Posted on 01-18-18 05:28:20 AM Link | Quote
I really enjoy meditation when I can do it, and regular practice had a lot of benefits for managing anxiety and depression. I was better able to regulate my reactions to things.

I can't really get to do it right now, but I practice a bit of mindfulness when I do some things, like rocking the baby. Helps keep me calm when I might otherwise get frustrated.
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Posted on 01-18-18 08:34:24 AM Link | Quote
Sort of! I'll play Stickerbrush Symphony and close my eyes and take deep breaths when I'm stressed or want to calm down. It helps me a lot. A few other songs do it too, but that's just the one I use most commonly (especially some remixes of it).

I'd say it's more of a calming ritual than actual meditation though. I have others too, like closing my eyes and covering my ears in the shower (makes it feel like I'm out in the rain). Also if we're getting heavy rain (which is very rare here...) I'll turn off all sound distractions and just listen to the rain.
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Posted on 01-18-18 09:15:31 AM Link | Quote
I do not understand meditation. I believe I am mentally incapable of times of peacefulness. I can't even lower my stress levels any more.
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Posted on 01-19-18 08:38:43 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by dotUser
I do not understand meditation. I believe I am mentally incapable of times of peacefulness. I can't even lower my stress levels any more.


oh gosh... that sounds tough
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Posted on 01-19-18 08:47:20 PM Link | Quote
yeah, i meditate sometimes but only for short times and just enough for me to de-stress and clear my head. good skill to have, tbh.
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Posted on 01-19-18 10:37:35 PM Link | Quote
How long is that, usually?
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Posted on 01-19-18 10:50:06 PM Link | Quote
Oh, on this note, Buddhify recently updated their app if you like guided meditation things. And it doesn't seem to cost a small fortune, like Headspace…
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Posted on 01-22-18 09:38:20 PM Link | Quote
I want to but every time I try I get restless (or uncomfortable with the invariably-substandard space I'm more or less stuck in)
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Posted on 01-22-18 10:56:44 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Halian
I want to but every time I try I get restless (or uncomfortable with the invariably-substandard space I'm more or less stuck in)

This is pretty common, actually. It doesn't happen all the time with me, but it definitely happens.

What is it about the space that's substandard? Is it a noise thing? Just wondering, because there are meditations that have you just… listen…
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Posted on 01-22-18 11:38:12 PM (last edited by Halian at 01-22-18 11:38:41 PM) Link | Quote
It's not comfortable, for one. I'm a fat shit who keeps breaking chairs, so for the time being, if I want privacy, I have to sit either on the edge of my bed or on the floor. Which means I'm in my room, so there's the temptation to just dick around on my computer or something instead.

(Unrelatedly: Watching myself type, and type quickly, is oddly fascinating.)
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Posted on 01-22-18 11:40:46 PM Link | Quote
You just have to work on your focus. It is difficult at first, but if you keep trying eventually you can make progress.
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Posted on 01-22-18 11:45:40 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Halian
I have to sit either on the edge of my bed or on the floor.

Or you don't have to sit at all if you don't want to. I meditate lying down sometimes, flat on my back. Although there is the risk you'll fall asleep.
Originally posted by Halian
(Unrelatedly: Watching myself type, and type quickly, is oddly fascinating.)

This could be meditative. Paying attention to just about anything can be a meditative activity. I know drawing and cross-stitch have a very similar effect on me as meditation, if I am focused enough.
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Posted on 02-28-18 05:04:43 PM Link | Quote
I've started trying to cultivate an active meditation practise again. Trying to make one half of this whole mother-baby dyad a bit more relaxed to see if it helps the other half with rest and stuff.

Plus I can't nap (I lie there but I never get to sleep) so this is another way to try to get some rest.
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Posted on 02-28-18 08:43:50 PM Link | Quote
Has it been working out so far? Too early to tell?
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Posted on 02-28-18 10:38:02 PM Link | Quote
im really good at visualisation techniques when it comes to meditating, but anything that is supposed to be relaxing or grounding im completely incapable it seems.. usually trying to meditate ends up with me astral projecting and becoming very hyperactive rather than calmed down.
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Posted on 02-28-18 10:42:16 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
Oh, on this note, Buddhify recently updated their app if you like guided meditation things. And it doesn't seem to cost a small fortune, like Headspace…

I missed this thread before now, I'll have to check out Buddhify. Headspace is nice, but yea, that subscription fee...
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Posted on 03-01-18 02:53:51 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Has it been working out so far? Too early to tell?

Too early to tell, and there was a stressful phone call in the late afternoon that really threw me. Definitely not yet at the part where I just kind of look at the problem with almost aloof detachment and go "ok these are thoughts and feelings I am having" and then just go "hm".
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Posted on 03-03-18 03:38:12 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Do you practice any sort of meditation? I've been meaning to get back into it (and just tried to do it for a handful of minutes to mixed success), but in a world that constantly has things needing done, taking time to specifically "do nothing" feels wrong, even worse than procrastinating, where something is getting done.

It's very hard to convince myself that it's still valuable, useful time, even if it is the opposite of being active.


I completely get this mindset, which is why myself and other clinicians have come to use the term "self care" instead. It's not really nothing; it's rest and refreshment that both your body and mind need. It's just way too easy to get it backwards because of how it's presented.

As for me, I tend to practice deep breathing and occasionally some mindfulness exercises a couple times a day to keep me going. It's not everything I know I need, but it's in my own self care toolbox when I need it.
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